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Kevin OBrien

Crucial M500 SSD Review Discussion

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The Crucial M500 (and the OEM-tailored Micron M500) are a new mainstream SSD family that offers a SATA 6Gb/s interface, Marvell controller, 7mm drive height and Micron's latest 20nm MLC NAND. Along with the top-level hardware components, the Crucial M500 comes with Micron's firmware which is made in-house. The M500 builds on a longstanding heritage of reliability and compatibility - Micron's calling cards with both their consumer and enterprise SSDs. What makes the M500 family unique though isn't blazing burst speeds; this time the story is more about price and capacity. The M500 is the first mainstream SSD that offers a drive at the near terabyte capacity, 960GB. The suggested MSRP is under $600 as well, which while still expensive, presents the market with the first viable opportunity from a trusted brand to go SSD-only. What's more, this is all within a 7mm drive body, which makes the M500 a solid fit for just about any client computing platform.

Crucial M500 SSD Review

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Ooh interesting. The first review I've seen of one of these. Thanks for that.

Out of interest is the 240Gb drive likely to be quicker?

Also the M4's matured really nicely performance wise with firmware updates. I'd bet the M500's have more to give with some tweaking by Crucial.

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Another review site has looked at all the sizes, 240GB and 120GB a lot slower and not really worth considering today, maybe if the prices go very low on those. It looks like the 480GB could be a good option if it gets a little less expensive (price looks a little uncomfortable just now vs the 840 and 840 Pro) but the 960Gb is the one that is special as there is no competition for it.

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